Nine Must Take Newborn Photos

Nothing beat the smell of a newborn baby, except maybe swooning over newborn baby pictures. The cliche statement, "They grow up so fast", is never truer than with babies. You only have a tiny window of opportunity to preserve the pure essence of newborn loveliness. Looking for the best way to capture that moment? Here are our picks for 'Must Take' new born pictures.1. Collages My favorite photos of my boys as babies are collages. With collage, you can get little glimpses of all the bits that make them so lovable.  (Photo Credit:  Vintage Duck)2. Hands I love the delicacy of newborn hands. Their beautiful fingers, all the tiny creases and how they grasp on to anything! The fist bump is by far my favorite for any new Dad.  (Photo Credit: Renee Britt, Zdenko Boskovic)3. … [Read more...]

Take Fireworks Photos that SPARKLE

On July 4, 1776 America declared her independence.  That means that this year is our nation's 240th birthday.  That also means that in the coming days hundreds of thousands of folks in America are going to gather to watch a glorious display of pyrotechnics in the sky.  {I'd sure love for someone to blast some fireworks into the sky for MY birthday each year!}{photo credit}Photographing fireworks is sometimes tricky. The night time conditions aren't ideal for photography, to begin with. Add in getting a crisp focus on a bursting ball of sparkles and it almost seems impossible. Using these few steps YOU can capture beautiful photos of any fireworks show.Don't forget the tripod.  You'll be taking photos in the dark so you're going to want complete stillness in your camera's … [Read more...]

15 Couples Photograhy Poses That Say Love

Couples photography for engagement photos, wedding pictures or anniversary shots can be tricky. When you're working with more than one person in a photography shoot you want to change it up and be creative.These couples photography posing techniques will help you keep it fresh, keep the couple you're working with at ease, and help communicate the most important aspect of the photo shoot - the LOVE. 1. Wrap it Up. Look how cozy this couple looks wrapped in a blanket. The warmth of their love shines through in these photos by Green Wedding Shoes.2. Capture Natural Expressions. Place the couple close together and then capture that natural expression of love like the beautiful smile that makes this photo stand out. By Damian Lovegrove.3. Lean In. Bring it up close and … [Read more...]

9 Graduation Party Ideas for Your Graduate

Can you believe it's almost here? It seems like just yesterday you were holding your baby in your arms, and in a few shorts weeks he'll be graduating high school. {Or, kindergarten. Or, college.} Our kids really do grow up too fast.Are you planning to host a graduation party in his honor? I've gathered a few of the most fun and unique party decor ideas from around the web, and put them all right here for you! /1/ Giant Photo Display - Create a larger than life, eye-catching display of photos of the graduate throughout the years.  Careful, though, a flood of memories will come each time you glance at that beautifully displayed wall! /2/ Grad Party Yard Sign - Don't worry about answering calls from those who can't spot your house in the midst of welcoming guests ever again. Let … [Read more...]

Ten Free Online Photography Resources

In the perfect world, we would have unlimited time to spend on learning a new skill or craft. My passion, if you couldn't guess already, is photography. I absolutely love taking classes, online courses and mentoring sessions, but my schedule (and bank account) don't always allow for those as often as I would like. If you are serious about learning how to use your camera I highly suggest investing in at least one class, at least once in your life. But int he mean time, I have compiled a list of ten FREE online resources to help you learn photography. I have used nearly all of the resources and they have all helped me in my own photography journey. You don't have to have a lot of money to learn photography, just a little time and patience. Oh - and practice, practice, practice!1. Improve … [Read more...]

Understanding Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is one of the three parts of photography, ISO and Aperture are the other two. Shutter speed is responsible for freezing action or blurring motion.What is Shutter Speed?Shutter speed is the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light to the camera sensor. With a fast shutter speed, you can completely freeze action. If the shutter speed is slow, you will create a blurred effect. Moving objects will appear blurred along the line of the motion blur. Another use for slow shutter speeds is used to shoot images at night, to photograph lightning, and to create a sense of motion with rivers or waterfalls. If you remember nothing about shutter speed, remember this: high shutter speeds freeze action and low shutter speeds create motion.Shutter speed is measured … [Read more...]